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What a WEIRD year 2020 has turned out to be!
Because of COVID-19 and wanting to keep our community safe, we have decided to cancel the in-person West End Indoor Race Day event on December 5th.
The West End Health Foundation still wants to promote health in the West End of Marquette County and raise money for the non-profits, Start The Cycle and RAMBA. So instead, we will be doing a fun, non-competitive virtual event!
If you do not wish to do the virtual event, you can donate your registration fee to us so we can give the proceeds to Start The Cycle & RAMBA.
If your team opts to do the virtual event here is how it will go:
Step 1. Opt to do the virtual event on RunSignUp and encourage your teammates to do the same!
Step 2. Pick up your team's T-shirts any day after October 30th at West End Ski and Trail (see their website for hours) then distribute to your team members.
Step 3. Get together with your team anytime between October 31st and December 5th. Take a picture or video of your team getting WEIRD in your event T-shirts! Ride bikes on the RAMBA trails or the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, ride your trainer in your living room, or rent a fat bike from West End Ski and Trail and get out in the snow! And those are just some examples. Be creative and have fun! Maybe you can make a sign with your team's name, or wear funny costumes. *If you can't get together with your team in-person, you can make a collage or do multiple photos.
Step 4. Tag The WEIRD on Facebook in your video/photo and you will be entered to win one of our great prizes for your team!
Step 5. If you would like to add more people to your team, or have them create a new team, we are allowing new registrations until October 29th!
Your response for registration is required by October 29th, or your registration fee will automatically be donated.
The West End Health Foundation (WEHF) is excited to partner with RAMBA and Start The Cycle bike group to bring you something WEIRD!
The West End Indoor Race Day, better known as The WEIRD, is cyclists racing bikes mounted on trainers! The event will be on December 5th, 2020, with the youth race from 9-11 am and the adult race from 12-4 pm. All events will take place at the Ishpeming Armory. As we plan for this upcoming event, we are proud to announce ALL of the funds raised will return to the community through the continued work on our trails and getting at-risk kids involved in a healthier lifestyle through biking.
Start The Cycle is in its 8th year of leading at-risk youth to a healthier lifestyle through mentoring and mountain biking. The group is a 501(c)3 non-profit, staffed entirely by volunteers. Applicants are referred to their program by counselors, physicians, and Marquette County Juvenile Court. As a group, they fundraise and purchase all of the equipment the riders will need to train and race in the Ore To Shore Mountain Bike Epic in August.
RAMBA, is a member supported, non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to inspiring people to realize the benefits of mountain biking and living a healthy lifestyle. Through the advocacy for building, and maintaining hand built non-motorized trails, they strive to provide outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy Ishpeming, Michigan.
This is an inaugural event with food trucks, prizes for winning race teams, Best Weird team name, Best Weird costume/outfit and raffles, including a 2019 Rocky Mountain Pipeline Alloy 50 mountain bike! All racers will be given a $5 coupon for the food trucks. T-shirts are included with racer registration if registered before February 14th, 2020.
Anyone may form a team of 4-8 members (4 for Open, 4-8 for Sport and Youth). Your team of cyclists will ride bikes mounted on trainers for a total of 2 hours for youth and 3 hours for adults, and compete for team prizes. Each team member must ride for a minimum of 20 minutes. Prizes are awarded for various categories, ranging from most mileage ridden to the best-dressed team. Teams may be sponsored by businesses or organizations of their choice but it is not required.
Whether you are a serious cyclist or a casual biker, W.E.I.R.D. has a spot for you and your team. All participants will receive a $5 lunch voucher to the food trucks on-site, race shirt, and entry into the door prize drawing!
FOR ALL CATEGORIES, YOU MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE MALE AND ONE FEMALE ON EACH TEAM!
The entry fee for adults is $50 per rider.
There will be 2 classes for the adults: Sport and Open. Open will more of a competitive or pro category, but you do not need to be a pro to compete.
The entry fee for a Youth Team is $25 per rider. Youth team participants are anyone 16 and under. There will be handicaps for the different ages as followed (per participant of that age):
<8 years old: 1 mile handicap
8-11 years old: 0.5 mile handicap
12-14 years old: 0.25 mile handicap
15-16 years old: no handicap
NOTE: Teams must provide one bike to be mounted on a trainer. The trainer will be provided. The seat may be adjusted per rider, but the bike MUST stay the same throughout your ride.
This is the trainer we will be using: https://www.saris.com/product/mag The allows for 650b, 700c, 26", 27" and 29" wheel sizes – up to a 2.0 tire. This trainer is designed to fit common road and mountain bike frames with included steel quick release skewer and has three settings for rear dropout spacing: 120mm, 130mm and 135mm. Road, commuter, smooth or trainer tires are recommended.
DURING THE RACE
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Remember: This is a FUNdraiser, the prizes are not worth attracting bad karma! Get WEIRD!
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